CCBC Dental Teaching Facility
North Point Builders was the General Contractor for the CCBC School of Dental Hygiene at the Dundalk Campus. The community college needed an expansion and renovation to house their new Dental Arts facility. “The intent is that this new program will be a community clinic,” said the school spokesperson, Jacquie Lucy. The program was created to not only fill the need for dental hygienists in Baltimore County, but also cater to the dental needs of the local residents.
The project included renovating 10,000 square of the existing building and constructing a 16,000 square foot addition connecting two existing buildings. Construction included demolition, concrete, structural steel masonry walls, windows, roofing, new mechanical, electrical, medical gas, air, water, and vacuum systems.
This project created radiology areas, dental chair space laboratories, a new computer lab, classrooms, and administrative spaces. The new space allows students to practice x-ray procedures on life-like subjects and use the testing labs to learn about dentist-related infection control, blood work, dentures, and other related studies.
The process of building an addition which connects two existing and occupied buildings to form one cohesive space is challenging. A high level of coordination and structural evaluation with subcontractors was critical to achieving the sequence that ensured the structure was sound as modifications were made to connect the addition.
Another area requiring a high level of coordination between subcontractors was the elaborate below-slab sanitary/vacuum systems and utility connections to the Dental Chairs. These systems were integral with the concrete slabs;therefore, precise installations were critical as final connection tolerances had limited flexibility.
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